Hispanic Heritage: A continuing legacy of service

Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs/Army G-1

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The Fort Meade garrison and Dental Health Activity will host Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center.

The theme is “Shaping the Bright Future of America.”

The national observance opens and closes mid-month because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their independence on Sept. 15, and Spain and Latin American countries celebrate the discovery of the Americas on Oct. 12.

This commemoration also takes into account the Independence Day of Mexico on Sept, 16. and the Independence Day of Chile on Sept. 18.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. Army commemorates the long-standing and remarkable contributions that Hispanics have made in building and defending the nation. Hispanics play vital roles in the Army as Soldiers and civilians, and are critical members of the Army team.

The Army understands the value and strength that an all-inclusive, diverse environment generates.

With more than 40 Medal of Honor recipients dating back to the Civil War, Hispanic Americans represent the military with deep, abiding patriotism and heroism.

Continuing this tradition, more than 133,000 Hispanics currently serve in the Total Force, and more than 66,000 of them are in the Regular Army.

During this annual observance, the Army shows its appreciation of all Hispanic Americans who have served and those who continue to serve today.

To sustain a high-quality force that is trained and ready, the Army will continue to ensure that all Soldiers and civilians are given the opportunity to maximize their talents and potential and are treated with dignity and respect.

Through coordinated efforts throughout the Army, this observance will be used to inform Army audiences and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Soldiers, civilians and their families.

Just as America’s diversity has always been one of the nation’s greatest strengths, the Army’s diverse force makes it stronger and more capable.

Hispanic Soldiers continue a legacy of professionalism, selfless service and courage that inspires generations to come.

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